Good Vibrations

I used to visit a Chinese energy healer in New York who liked to say: ‘Western doctor no good. Learn body by studying corpse. Not learn nothing. All energy gone.’ I think he was right. I am pretty sure the essence of life (and healing) is energy. Laura and I’s love affair was essentially well…

Vipassana

A decade ago, I saw The Dhamma Brothers documentary about how a group of ultra violent prisoners in Alabama came to terms with what they had done (most had committed murder) by doing Vipassana.  It is an extreme meditation practice where you sit in silence for 10 days straight. It acts like a spiritual car wash and…

Reversing Coughs & Asthma

Doctors tried everything to heal Laura’s cough last fall –  syrups, pills, balms –  nothing worked. When her cancer spread her cough became so persistent she had to sleep sitting upright and it made her physically ill. In desperation I asked herbalist Robin Rose Bennett for advice.  She suggested making an infusion with fir needles…

Week 1: Reversing high blood pressure

Before our Puglia trip, a nurse at mum’s hospital told her:  ‘Go on holiday. Don’t worry about your blood pressure. Eat whatever you want’  We all hoped she was right. Mum had a fantastic time eating carefree (gelato, rum babas, pasta, panini, salty prosciutto, potatoes cooked in dripping etc). But the moment we got home…

Mucosal Melanoma: Celebrating the Survivors

Today is the one year anniversary of the day that Laura was rushed to Beth Israel Hospital to see a top cancer specialist. On a routine exam in the morning her gynecologist found a golf ball size mass in her vagina.  Two days later we were told it was mucosal melanoma.  11 days later we…

High Blood Pressure

Yesterday mum went to get her blood pressure checked and her doctor produced something that looked like a 1950s bicycle pump and started puffing away as if he was blowing up a life raft (evidently digital equipment hasn’t made it to the British health services yet).  He is a kindly young man, eager to find…

Gerson Revisited – part three

How many enemas & juices are enough? ‘In the beginning the most important part of the therapy is an intensive detoxification of the entire body,’ wrote Dr Max Gerson in A Cancer Therapy (p193). To achieve this, Dr Gerson immediately started his cancer patients on the full protocol of 13 juices and 5 enemas each day….

Gerson Revisited – part two

Laura and I really believed in the Gerson diet and its power to cure cancer and other diseases (we have friends from the clinic currently on the diet who are doing well – bravo, bravo. bravo!!!!). But the founder of the diet Dr Max Gerson is long dead, and his wonderful daughter Charlotte (who we…

Gerson Revisited – part one

After Laura died a couple of people sniffed, ‘Well we knew the Gerson diet wouldn’t work.  Carrots and enemas – how could it?’   Other people have asked what I think in hindsight about the Gerson Technique.  So here goes – Pain + Stamina – The doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering told us that doing the…

Alternative Healing for Depression

We believe the universe is looking after us, steering us away from what no longer works and towards what we need now. That probably sounds like madness, but we’ve had so many fortuitous coincidences it feels like a hand wiser than ours is guiding us. One of the biggest challenges for Laura’s healing is to…

Dinner is Served…

Potatoes are a big part of the Gerson diet. Baked potato and potato soup (aka hippocrates soup) for lunch and baked potato and potato soup again for dinner. The only way to tell its breakfast is there’s no potato.

Norwalk Juicer – aka ‘the beast’

What a relief to discover that the Gerson Clinic kitchen also has carrot confetti spattered all over the ceiling and walls. Their Norwalk Juicer even blasted the guests during a juicing demonstration. We are hoping to pick up some tips on how to make life easier with ‘the beast’.  Using cloths instead of bags makes…

Hard Times

Up at 6am.  Fetch gruel. Days here at the Gerson Clinic are positively Dickensian. Maybe we should’ve gone to the Hippocrates Institute with its 50 acres of woodlands, 3 pools, luxury suites, movie nights, disco night, spa, zen meditation cabins, yoga and pilates classes and other new age comforts. The Gerson is so Germanic.  There’s…

The Gerson Clinic – we’re here!!!

Today we arrived at the Gerson clinic in Tijuana. It’s a small sleepy clinic (more like a hacienda) 2 blocks from the ocean. You would be in for a surprise if you were expecting the Canyon Ranch or the Hippocrates Institute. One big downer is that we have two skinny beds forcing us to sleep…

The missing Gerson product..?

Every Gerson patient should have one of these… apparently – a Los Angeles public library book mobile for the sick, circa 1928